The 8th edition of the Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival will be held from February 22 to 26 at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Kothrud. The annual festival has been an agent and stage for young theatre makers and has also exposed a new breed of art and theatre to Puneites.
Saryu Doshi, trustee of Vinod and Saryu Doshi foundation, said, “We are very encouraged with the positive response the festival has been receiving from Puneites and hope that more and more people will find experimental theatre interesting. An additional USP of the festival this year is that it will feature a platform performance ‘Sukhan’ on the first day. It is a performance of Sufi and Classical music with Urdu Literature.” The festival will open with Pondicherry-based Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre’s acclaimed play ‘Ganapati’, a dramatic representation of Ganpati’s stories of birth, told in a recurring cycle of creation, celebration, destruction and return. The second day brings Aasakta’s ‘Mein Hunn Yusuf Aur Yeh Hai Mera Bhai’. “It is the story of two brothers Ali and Yusif and is a tragic, heart-wrenching love story of Ali and Nada’s forbidden love set against the backdrop of 1948 war-torn Palestine,” said Sagar Deshmukh of Aasakta.
On February 24, city’s Natak Company will showcase ‘Sindhu, Sudhakar, Rum anee Itar’, a modern retelling of Ganesh Gadkar’s 20th century play ‘Ekach Pyala’. The next day will see Mumbai’s Tamaasha Company presenting its English-Hindi-Marathi play ‘Blank Page’, which is a celebration of spoken word through theatre, music and movement. It revels in English, Hindi, Marathi and Kashmiri poems, exploring conflicted relationships, political resistance and identity.
February 25 will see ‘Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari’, a dramatic re-telling of the epic Mahabharata from Queen Gandhari’s point of view. The festival comes to a close on February 26 with The Company’s Punjabi play Nagamandala which is based on Girish Karnad’s play by the same name and weaves together two Kannada’s folk stories.
“Tamil and Punjabi plays are being covered in the festival for the first time. Both plays rely heavily of dance and folklore as a medium and so understanding of the language per se is not a large hurdle,” said Ashok Kulkarni, festival director.